Next Regional Meeting January 6, 2018. Host Wrightwood/Phelan and Santa Clara


The Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) is a national volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education. The California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association consists of over 20 rescue teams from thoughout the state of California. Majority of the members are unpaid volunteers who are highly trained. Accredited teams must meet the high standards of the MRA and must be re-evaluated every five years in each of the three search and rescue skills: Search and Tracking, Technical Rock, and Snow and Ice. California MRA teams not only respond to search and rescue operations in the unit's area of responsibility, but will also respond to mutual aid calls anywhere in the state to assist other agencies.


If your unit is interested joining click here to go the the national MRA website for membership information

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Region Activity

September 15, 2012 - Region Meeting

The meeting of the California Region of the MRA was held on September 14, 2012. Malibu Mountain Rescue Team hosted the meeting at their Lost Hills station. Sixteen teams from the region were represented. The meeting was scheduled to start one hour later at 1000 hours to accommodate some of the distant teams to leave later in the morning. Members of the Monterey County Sheriffs Search and Rescue flew into Van Nuys Airport. The meeting last just over two hours.

June 10, 2012 - Two Teams Added to the California Region

The California Region of the Mountain Rescue Association expanded to 31 teams and agencies with the approval of the Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Mountaineering Team and the San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue Team to become associate members of the MRA.

The Fresno County team was formed in 1982. Their area covers the San Joaquin Valley and the western Sierras. They have over 60 members. Monterey County and Sierra Madre have offered to be their host teams.

April 14, 2012 - Douglas County Snow and Ice Accreditation


On Sat April 14 Douglas County SAR tested in the Snow and Ice discipline at Echo Summit, El Dorado County, California, in the El Dorado National Forest at 7000 to 8000’ of elevation on a North aspect.

The scenario started with an informant contacting DCSSAR with limited information about two newly met friends overdue from a day trip into the mountains. The informant had GPS coordinates indicating the LKP. DCSSAR deployed 3 field teams.

February 17, 2012 - Dick Sale Memorial

The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team honored long time member Dick Sale with a memorial service held at Chantry Flats. Members from the SAR community and family members attended the event. Mountain Rescue Association Honor Guard Roy West officiated the event. Several speakers told moving stories about Dick's life and times with the Sierra Madre team. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 did a fly-over. After the memorial service, the attendees headed down the hill to the Sierra Madre team's station for lunch and to remember the good times with Dick.


Region Teams

China Lake Mountain Rescue
Mono County Search and Rescue
Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue
CA Emergency Management Agency
Yosemite National Park
Placer County Mountain Rescue
San Bernardino Mountain
San Diego Mountain Rescue
Sequoia National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Marin County Mountain Rescue
Inyo County Search and Rescue
Fillmore Search and Rescue
Tehachapi Mountain Rescue
Wrightwood/Phelan Search and Rescue
Montrose Search and Rescue
Fresno County Mountaineering Team
Altadena Mountain Rescue
Riverside Mountain Rescue
Douglas County Search and Rescue
San Bernardino Cave and Technical Rescue
West Valley Search and Rescue
Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue
Malibu Mountain Rescue
Santa Clara Search and Rescue
Ventura County Search and Rescue
Sierra Madre Search and Rescue
Contra Costa Search and Rescue
Monterey County Search and Rescue
San Dimas Mountain Rescue

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